What you need to know:
- A raft of changes were spelt out before fresh polls are held, but apparently, every group has come up with its own interpretation.
- The new season is round the corner, we should end this confusion fast. We care about players’ welfare, not “the fathers of football. If it was up to us, some people should never be on the ballot.SDT must do something this week.
Whenever Football Kenya Federation (FKF) elections are mentioned, the thought sparks anger and a feeling of throwing up wells up in many of us. Just what attracts a group to keeping seeking elective positions in football?
We are tired of delving into this issue to the extent that we bore our readers to death. It just can’t happen that we are at the mercy of the same characters scheming to gain from football.
But it’s not just football which appears to entice unspeakable characters, all sports in this country need to be examined.
Aspirants in the forthcoming FKF elections are all claiming that “they want to bring back Kenyan football to its vibrancy” of yesteryears. But we are pretty sure they are on a different mission.
When nominations for various elective positions were announced some weeks ago, immediately there were murmurs of discontent from some quarters. Now we are just a week to the county elections and we cannot be certain that the elections will take place.
The election process is ambiguous. Nine aspirants pulled out of the race citing irregularities. They withdrew right after the Electoral Board chairperson, Kentice Tikolo, confirmed that all aspirants who had been cleared to participate in the cancelled second county elections in March were still deemed to be in the race unless they communicated to the contrary.
But aggrieved aspirants had this to say in a letter to the board: “We are withdrawing our candidature for the elections as the process is currently the subject of litigation before the Sports Dispute Tribunal (SDT) for being in violation of fundamental requirements of the Constitution of Kenya (2010), the Sports Act 2013, the Fifa statutes, Fifa Standard Electoral Code and FKF nonstitution 2017.”
It would be foolhardy to brush off their apprehensions. We know our country, and how people could easily resort to underhand dealings whenever “they feel shortchanged”.
The fate of the polls now lies in the hands of the SDT. The Tribunal cancelled the two first elections held last December and March.
A raft of changes were spelt out before fresh polls are held, but apparently, every group has come up with its own interpretation.
The new season is round the corner, we should end this confusion fast. We care about players’ welfare, not “the fathers of football. If it was up to us, some people should never be on the ballot.SDT must do something this week.